Rustic Changing Table - refined

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Project by xcuse4tools posted 06-22-2015 06:19 PM 831 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

My oldest asked if I could make a rustic changing table that she had seen on a DIY website. The one she requested was an open table design which was very rustic. I looked it up and then searched for other examples (something that she would keep after a changing table is no longer needed). There was a very common return for a changing table based upon a Pottery Barn Kids design (not available any longer). She liked this, so I designed the above with some modifications. Not sure this would be called rustic any longer. One of the postings was by Eddie on Lumberjocks in 2013. My daughter wanted this table to be light in color so I chose Maple, however they also had wormy maple when I was picking out the wood and I really liked the figure. I made the panels for the sides and doors from wormy maple, also the edging for the top and was very happy with the way it turned out. The only plywood (Baltic birch) used was for the back of the cabinet and the drawer bottom. I also added one sheet underneath the solid wood top to give some thickness and stability. One neat feature of this cabinet was the side slides which can be used for wipes and other items. The doors are one inch thick and use European hinges to open sufficiently to allow the drawers to slide without interference. Finding the angle for the cross strip on the door was a little bit of a challenge. You can open one door and slide out either of two shelves without opening the other door. I used Minwax wipe on poly for the finish. I considered using a Maloof style finish with BLO and poly but when I tried it on a test piece, the outcome was more yellow than the straight poly. I really wanted to retain the blonde appearance. It had been a couple years since I built anything, this was a really enjoyable project. I may have a hard time letting go of the table.

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#1 posted 06-22-2015 10:08 PM

That looks nice! I rarely succeed in making anything we actually need, since I’m so slow getting it done.

We have a changing table made out of white-painted press-board. The bottoms of the drawers fall out. The drawers keep getting off their tracks. Still, because it is functional, my wife loves it. Somebody sold it to us for $50 and I wasn’t sure it was worth that.

So, the lesson is “get it done”.

Yours looks very nice.


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